| Sep 19, 2013
| 2:54 PM
Plum Island in Long Island Sound is a remarkable place, both ecologically and scientifically. It should be made into mostly a national wildlife preserve rather than be auctioned off.
Federal wheels are in motion to sell it to the highest bidder,...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 12:22 PM
Political scientist Louis Brownlow once famously lauded Franklin D. Roosevelt's advisors' "passion for anonymity." Gone are the days.
Today's Washington operatives more closely resemble Norma Desmond in "Sunset Blvd." — characters consumed by...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 5:42 PM
It was a rough year for the Motion Picture Assn. of America in 2012, but not for its chief executive.
Even as Hollywood's chief lobbying group saw its losses widen in 2012, MPAA Chairman and former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd's compensation totaled $3.3...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 1:54 PM
President Barack Obama put the klieg light on Hollywood Tuesday, crediting the motion picture and television industry for being an engine of growth and a bright spot in a recovering economy.
"Entertainment is one of the bright spots of our economy,"...
| May 2, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Vice President Joe Biden will be among the speakers at the second annual Creativity Conference hosted today by the Motion Picture Assn. of America.
The MPAA, the lobbying group that represents the major Hollywood studios, will host the half-day...
| May 14, 2014
| 1:14 PM
Of the two major-party nominating conventions starting Friday, the two-day Republican conclave at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville will be by far the more interesting and more likely to leave blood on the floor.
It will feature, of course, a spirited multi-...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Paging Elizabeth Warren: This is your moment.
In 2007, Democrats were delirious with rage about the Iraq war. Hillary Clinton, the "inevitable" presidential front-runner, had voted for the war and refused to apologize for it. Other leading...
| Feb 25, 2012
Hollywood loves comeback stories. Will SOPA/PIPA be one of them? The anti-piracy bills that were working their way through Congress with Hollywood's blessing got tanked by a massive online campaign — petitions, website blackouts, even T-shirts. From...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 3:24 PM
Consumer advocates aren't getting their first choice to lead the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Despite the setback, this is still a big week for consumer protection.
Thursday is the one-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform...
| Dec 24, 2012
| 12:32 PM
Sept. 18: Envelopes containing letters and granular substances are sent to NBC News in New York and the New York Post. Both are mailed from Trenton, N.J.
Sept. 22: Editorial page assistant at New York Post who opens letters to the editor notices...
| Dec 24, 2011
Carrie Fisher has done an excellent job of reinventing herself as ... Carrie Fisher, evolving from ingenue actress and geek pinup to salty, tell-it-like-it-is writer and humorist. And as Just Carrie Fisher she has a lot to say, mostly about her odd but...